The 2023 CAF to be held between January and February will keep him out of the squad for almost ten matches

Brahim picks Morocco and will miss a month of Real Madrid games

Brahim Díaz centrocampista ofensivo del Real Madrid y España en acción durante el partido de LaLiga EA Sports entre el Real Madrid CF y el CA Osasuna en el Estadio Santiago Bernabéu el 7 de octubre de 2023 en Madrid, España - PHOTO/JOSÉ BRETÓN/PICS ACTION/NURPHOTO/NURPHOTO VÍA AFP
PHOTO/JOSÉ BRETÓN/PICS ACTION/NURPHOTO/NURPHOTO VIA AFP - Real Madrid and Spain attacking midfielder Brahim Diaz in action during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on October 7, 2023 in Madrid, Spain

Brahim Díaz has made one of the most important decisions of his career. The Real Madrid player has decided to wear the Morocco shirt and renounce Spain for good.

Sufiel Abdelkader Mohand is Brahim's father, a Melilla native of Moroccan origins who has worked as a scout for Pep Guardiola's brother's company.  

The midfielder's passion for football comes from this part of the world and now he wants to give it back to his other country, because he was born in Malaga, choosing the Moroccan shirt for his international career. 

With Spain, Brahim has played matches at all youth levels and has been European U-17 champion.  

His debut with the senior team was a strange one. In the middle of the pandemic and with many players ill, Brahim replaced Busquets in a match against Lithuania with Luis De la Fuente on the bench. 

PHOTO/GUILLERMO MARTÍNEZ/NURPHOTO/NURPHOTO VÍA AFP - Brahim Díaz del Real Madrid celebra un gol durante el partido de La Liga 2023/24 entre el Real Madrid y Las Palmas en el Estadio Santiago Bernabéu de Madrid el 27 de septiembre de 2023
PHOTO/GUILLERMO MARTÍNEZ/NURPHOTO/NURPHOTO VIA AFP - Real Madrid's Brahim Díaz celebrates a goal during the La Liga 2023/24 match between Real Madrid and Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid on September 27, 2023

Not even that proximity to the current senior national team coach was enough for further call-ups to seal his definitive stay with La Roja.  

Now Morocco is taking the opportunity to take a talent who has shown at Milan and Real Madrid that he can do great things on a football pitch. And that he has a goal.  

Having not played more than three times with the senior team before the age of 21, as Spain wants to provoke with Lamine Yamal, Morocco has the opportunity to call up the Madrid player for the Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Ivory Coast from 13 January to 11 February 2024. 

This will cause problems for the White House, which gave up on the signing of Bono precisely because of this long absence.  

Getafe, Almeria, Las Palmas, Atletico Madrid and Girona are the La Liga matches he would miss, to which should be added the dates of the Copa del Rey, which plays the bulk of the competition in those weeks and would arrive just in time for the first leg of one of the first Champions League matches played on 13 and 14 February.  

With all this, Real Madrid will have to accept that one of its great stars will have to fulfil his international commitments with his new national team, while the RFEF sees how another pearl has escaped them for giving value to his minutes last season.